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Mount Galbraith Loop via Cedar Gulch


Enjoy spectacular views from the upper slopes of Mount Galbraith.

Hiking Difficult

6.8 km
283 m
283 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.2 km
Mount Galbraith Loop via Cedar Gulch Map

The Mount Galbraith Loop trail provides spectacular views of the nearby mountains and the cities of Golden and Denver below as it circumnavigates the eponymous mountaintop. The most popular way to reach this superb trail is by climbing the well-built but steep Cedar Gulch trail.


The Cedar Gulch trail begins by running along a stream before quickly ascending the mountainside. It works its way uphill along a well-built bench, winding in and out of the narrow valleys dissecting the mountainside.

From the upper loop trail, hikers will enjoy incredible views of the surrounding area, along with the opportunity to spot beautiful wildflowers on the upper slopes of the mountain in the springtime, and possibly local wildlife.

Intrepid hikers can also attempt to summit Mount Galbraith via a summit trail that bisects the loop.

Sources: https://dayhikesneardenver.com/mt-galbraith-loop-cedar-gulch-trail/ https://www.theoutbound.com/colorado/hiking/mount-galbraith-loop-via-cedar-gulch-trail



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers

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